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February is Black History Month, and to honor Black heritage in his hometown, our friend Dwayne Burgess of Manual Pedal will be leading a pedal-powered tour of Harlem this weekend. The Harlem Renaissance Ride will commemorate the iconic Black musicians, artists, poets, and scholars who were the pulse of the city during the Harlem Renaissance, the golden age of Black American culture that started in the 1920s. From Dwayne: “Harlem was a cultural mecca for black intellectuals and artists, including the popular Langston Hughes and poet Maya Angelou. It was an era that paved the way for black creativity that became world famous even while dealing with the frustrations of racial inequality.”
The nine-mile ride will start near Central Park North at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, February 6th, and will include several brief stops at locations relevant to important figures from the Harlem Renaissance, with short stories about their contributions and lives. Two hours later, the ride will end back at Central Park.
A suggested donation of $10 per person is requested, and all proceeds will be donated directly to Ride For Racial Justice, an organization that’s working to “ensure access to resources, education, and community for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) cyclists and to dismantle systemic racism so that EVERYONE can feel safe, free, and empowered to ride a bicycle.”
Find additional details and register for the Harlem Renaissance Ride at ManualPedal.com.
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